7:30pm on Wednesday March 2, 2016
Admission is free
Alice McKay Room, VPL Central Branch
Jess Taylor (ON)
Jess Taylor is the host and founder of the Emerging Writers Reading Series and is the fiction editor of Little Brother Magazine. Recently, she was named “one of the best alt- lit reads coming out of Canada” by Dazed and Confused Magazine. She also received the Gold 2013 National Magazine Award in Fiction for her short story, “Paul.”
“Paul is not always the same Paul, but could very well be a similar Paul, another Paul in a long line of Pauls.” Pauls, Taylor’s first short story collection, is about people: the things that remain unseen to them; how they cope with their unforgettable pasts; the different roles they take in each other’s lives; and the things they’ll never discover.
Kevin Hardcastle (ON)
Kevin Hardcastle’s stories have appeared in Shenandoah, The Walrus, The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, EVENT, PRISM International and Joyland. His work has been anthologized in Best Canadian Stories, and twice in The Journey Prize Stories. His inaugural book of short stories is Debris.
Written in a lean and muscular style and brimming with both violence and compassion, the stories in Debris unflinchingly explore the lives of those MMA fighters, the institutionalized, small-town criminals who exist on the fringes of society, unveiling the blood and guts and beauty of life in our flyover regions.
Kris Bertin (NS)
Kris Bertin’s stories have appeared in The Walrus, The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, PRISM International, and other magazines. He is a two-time winner of the Jack Hodgins’ Founders’ Award for Fiction and has had his work anthologized in The Journey Prize Anthology, Oberon’s Coming Attractions and EXILE’s CVC Anthology. His upcoming collection with Biblioasis is titled Bad Things Happen.
Bad Things Happen
The characters in Bad Things Happen—professor, janitors, webcam models, small-time criminals—are between things. Between jobs and marriages, states of sobriety, joy and anguish; between who they are and who they want to be. Kris Bertin's unforgettable debut introduces us to people at the tenuous moment before everything in their lives change, for better or worse.